Edinburgh is a city famed for its interesting and exciting history. Famous for its comedy festival and beautiful buildings, the city is a favourite with tourists because of its charm, impressive culture and lively atmosphere. So, rich in history, steeped in culture and boasting a range of amazing Edinburgh hotels, restaurants and cafes, the second biggest Scottish city is loved by millions of tourists every year.
The majestic Edinburgh Castle should be your first port of call. It is perched on top of an ancient volcanic plug and is reached via the Royal Mile, the city’s oldest street. The castle is well-known for the loudest and most raucous attraction in Edinburgh – the One O’clock Gun, fired from the ramparts at 1pm every day – and houses the Scottish Crown Jewels, which include the oldest crown in Europe. Edinburgh hotels in the Grassmarket area are only two minutes away, so well worth booking as your base.
Follow this up with a visit to the city’s oldest Royal Mile house, the former home of religious reformer John Knox. Hear about the importance of John Knox to the country at a time of social, religious and political change as well as telling you the story of Mary Queen of Scots.
The Queen’s Edinburgh home, the Palace of Holyrood House, is considered both urban and rural due to its position. The Queen’s Edinburgh home is built in the shadow of the beautiful Arthur’s Seat and bordered by Holyrood Park the Palace.
No visit to Edinburgh would be complete without sampling its famous tipple – Scotch Whisky. Along with a replica distillery, expert tour guides and whisky advisors will be on hand throughout the tour and help you discover more about the spirit. Located on the Royal Mile, there are lots of nearby Edinburgh hotels to choose from.
Ghost hunters will love Mary King’s Close. Hidden underneath the Old Town is the city’s forgotten past – a myriad of streets under the Royal Mile, which were sealed off in 1645 after an outbreak of the Plague. Visitors must join an official guided tour.